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Colorado biologist gets probation for selling bobcat pelts

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A former U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist who pleaded guilty to selling Colorado bobcat pelts to fur traders has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $55,100 in fines and restitution.

During a hearing Tuesday in Grand Junction, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger also ordered Thad Bingham to never use or possess a firearm again, including weapons he transferred to his wife.

He had faced up to 18 months in prison

The Daily Sentinel reported that his lawyer, Ashley Petrey, asked for leniency since he lost his job and won't be able to hunt again.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Evans said Bingham has two previous poaching convictions and hasn't learned his lesson. He said Bingham has more than $1 million in assets, enabling him to pay a high fine.

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  1. This article does not make it clear as the punishments of $55,100 in fines and restitution plus 3 years probation, plus losing his job, plus losing his 2nd Amendment rights? was the crime a Felony? did he shoot and kill the bobcats himself? Why is his wife subject to losing her 2nd Amendment rights too? Your article only caused more confusion. KRDO, dig more and provide better answers.

    1. It’s been reported elsewhere (The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction) that he pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony count of transporting and selling the pelts to international fur traders. So his plea was paramount to him forfeiting his 2nd Amendment rights. Apparently he conspired with at least 5 others, which probably included his wife, since he was apparently the leader of the group. But I haven’t been able to find any info on charges against her.

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